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Decisions for the Year Ahead

“The historic average for federal government revenues over the past 40 years is between 18 and 19 percent of nominal GDP. For 2011, federal government spending is projected at 25 percent of GDP, a post-WWII record, with a $1.65 trillion projected deficit. The key debate is about how the budget gap will be closed.” – […]

Leadership – What Is It Not?

John Maxwell believes that “Leadership is influence.” There is truth to this statement, but it does not completely define leadership. The purpose of leadership is as important as the ability to influence. I like the following definition for leadership because it captures the unique qualities of courage, action, vision, influence, and the heart of a leader: “To courageously […]

Building through Cooperation

How Trust Can Expand Your Market Share People, companies and organizations often struggle to cooperate today because their egos don’t allow them to see the benefits of strategic alliances. Simply put, nobody believes in trust anymore. Therefore, business owners operate independently until ultimately the “lone wolf” entrepreneur drives himself over the cliff. In today’s overly-litigious […]

SCB: A Story of Gratitude

Surprising Ways Things Work for Good Gratitude has been defined as, “a positive emotion or attitude in acknowledgement of a benefit that one has or will receive.” Sometimes the most tragic and disruptive events bring the greatest benefits and reasons for gratitude. It was the summer of 2005, and I was traveling, usually every day […]

Nurturing an Economic Renaissance

Why the Entrepreneurial Spirit is the Answer en·tre·pre·neur (ŏn’trə-prə-nûr’, -nŏŏr’) n. A person who organizes, operates, and assumes the risk of a business venture for economic gain. As my friend and mentor, entrepreneur Bernie Simpkins commented, “It is easier to make money than manage it.” In other words, it is easier to build or create […]